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Learner: People exceptionally talented in the Learner theme have a great desire to learn and want to continuously improve. The process of learning, rather than the outcome, excited them.
Learners have a constant desire to learn and improve. They are energized by the journey of learning new facts, the beginning of learning a new subject and mastering skills. (Although- they may become bored once they master something.)
Learning builds their confidence! Learners learn quickly and love to be on the cutting edge of that learning.
This is my #2 theme and I love having this one! I can relate to wanting to be a perpetual and lifelong learner. When someone talks about something new, I almost immediately want to learn more about it. This week I went to visit my great aunt, who has alzheimer's. Although most of her memory is gone, she was able to sing songs with perfect recall. It was fascinating to me. I came home and spent time online learning about memory and brain functions- especially as it relates to alzheimer's.
Those kinds of tangents are something Learners LOVE! Life goes in one direction, and leads you to a place of a new learning adventure!
As a teacher, I am constantly learning new things with my students. Their interests in various things have allowed me to dive into many various learning opportunities. It has also given me the opportunity to teach the things that I have learned. One of the natural outcomes for a learner is to teach.
Are you a Learner? How do you use this Strength in your teaching? What tangents have you been on lately that have led you to interesting places of new learning?
Rock Your Strengths!
I teach an online class at Fresno Pacific University on "Teach With Your Strengths!" (http://tinyurl.com/twysfresno) One of the assignments I give my students is the choice to represent their Top 5 in an art form. Here are two pieces I got in this week.
This one was done by an art teacher in Ohio. Her top 5 are Arranger, Maximizer, Adaptability, Positivity and Empathy. She used her talents in this way to create this art:
* Arranger- organizing her design and color scheme.
* Maximizer- creating art that inspires people to be creative instead of saying, "I could never do that." She also worked on creating art that was completely in straight lines, never repeating the exact same color.
* Adaptability- She created this art in many stages, constantly having to tape off and retape pieces to add more colors. These short term goals helped her to stay focused on the task.
* Positivity- the colors! They are vidid and the subject matter is abstract.
* Empathy- reflected when the viewer observes her painting. It gives voice to the creativity and does not overwhelm the viewer with techniques that they cannot emulate.
Here is another:
This was done by a science teacher in New Mexico. She weaved all of her themes through the image- each touching each other, becoming the fabric of her life!
How would YOU draw YOUR Top 5?
People who are especially talented in the Arranger theme can organize, but they also have a flexibility that compliments this ability. They like to figure out how all of the pieces and resources can be arranged for maximum productivity.
As an educator you have the instructional ability to easily prepare lesson plans in different ways. You may find yourself arranging and rearranging your classroom for maximum input on learning. (You may also have a messy desk from arranging activities for your students, staff, parents and school!)
Arrangers are often thought of as a conductor, director or juggler. But it can also be the person who is holding a dozen ping pong balls underwater all at the same time! In the chaos you can see all of the moving pieces and make beauty of it...and it all happens in real time. (Many times this occurs without you even thinking about it. It just happens!)
What can you do to strengthen this theme?
* Look for opportunities where productivity is king!
* Work with a partner that can keep you on track to where you are going.
* Balance your workload. Identify the most important tasks based on deadlines and difficulty.
* Schedule breaks to clear your mind. Check on other projects, make phone calls, etc.
* Create opportunities for group members to teach each other.
* Suggest independent study course option to your administration. Design your own curriculum.
What if I have a student/child with this theme?
* Find situations where they can be places where there are many things going on at the same time.
* Ask them for assistance when positioning other students for group projects. Let them help you figure out how each person's strengths might be the greatest value to the team.
* Make sure you coordinate study time so that you can fit extracurricular activities into your schedule, too!
Start to actively think about your Arranger. When you can start naming times you are working within this talent, you can start working it out to create a Strength! Questions to think about:
* When has your Arranger really worked for you? Why was it successful?
* What have you gotten done this week? What did people say about your work? How was it honored?
Be reminded. Be Purposeful.
Rock Your Strengths!
If you are an educator, I teach an online class through Fresno Pacific University in California called "Teach With Your Strengths." You will discover your strengths and learn how to leverage them in your classroom- while seeing connections in how to discover strengths in your students.
My book is almost finished- we are just working with the publisher on fine details. I will have an announcement very soon on the publish date. It will be available in hardback, as well as an eBook version.
Each of the 34 themes is available in 8x10" glossy prints. They are part of a limited edition. After they are printed, I will not be printing these again. They are great gifts for the Strengths enthusiast in your life! The prints can be found under the tab "Strengths Art Store" at the top of the page.
And there's one more thing- I will be sketching out a new book based on Bible characters who exhibit the 34 Strengths found in StrengthsFinder. You are welcome to join in our conversation/Bible study adventure on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/rockyourfaith/.
See you online!